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The Differences between SAT and ACT Exam |


Published on - Provides SAT and ACT prep for students taking the SAT and ACT exams. In this article, founder of Top Test Prep, and admissions expert - Ross Blankenship provide students and parents with information on these two exams - the SAT and ACT.

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The Differences between SAT and ACT Exam |

  1. 1. The  SAT  vs.  ACT:     10  Myths  to  Bust!   Presenta2on  by   Ross  Blankenship,  Founder   Top  Test  Prep    
  2. 2. Myth #1 There are no differences.
  3. 3. Myth #2 Colleges care which test you take •  Colleges use the following concordance table to convert scores back and forth:
  4. 4. Myth #3 Far more students take the SAT •  The ACT’s popularity has been gaining steadily in recent years, and has almost caught up to the SAT. •  Which test people take is largely based on local tradition. •  Few students actually take the time to consider which test might be best for them.
  5. 5. Myth #4 The SAT is for better students •  The ACT began as an “achievement” test, whereas the SAT began as an “aptitude” test. •  ACT problems are slightly more straightforward than SAT problems. •  ACT problems are closer to what you see in school; SAT problems are closer to what you’d see on an IQ test. •  The ACT has more time pressure.
  6. 6. Myth #5 Vocabulary doesn’t matter on the ACT •  While there are no explicit vocabulary questions on the ACT, improving your vocabulary will help. •  For either test, the best practice you can get for the verbal section is reading high-quality material: –  New York Times –  The Economist –  Twilight –  Wall Street Journal
  7. 7. Myth #6 The ACT is for science people •  Yes, the ACT has a Science section and the SAT doesn’t. But: –  Knowing laws and formulas won’t help you. –  The ACT tests your ability to implement the scientific method, not your knowledge of scientific facts. –  The Science section is sort of like a test of your quantitative reading ability—you need to understand how to interpret data given in multiple forms. –  People who are good at the Science section are usually good at the SAT, too.
  8. 8. Myth #7 The SAT requires a longer attention span •  Yes, the SAT is longer. But: –  The SAT has more sections, but they’re shorter. Time-wise, the ACT takes almost as long as the SAT. –  Because the ACT has half as many sections, each one is longer. That means each section requires a longer period of concentration without a break than each section on the SAT.
  9. 9. Myth #8 Colleges will see all of your scores. •  There’s score optional reporting now, which allow you to pick and choose which schools see your scores. •  But some colleges do require that you report all of your scores – so inquire with each.
  10. 10. Myth #9 It doesn’t matter which test you take •  Your scores will be relatively close, but there are often differences. •  Choose based on what we’ve told you today, your strengths and weaknesses, and which test you feel more comfortable with.
  11. 11. Myth #10 You should pick one test and stick with it •  Take both tests and see which you do better on. •  Your score is much more likely to improve if you change tests than if you take the same test over and over. •  You can choose which score(s) go to colleges based on how you do, so there’s no downside!
  12. 12. Key  things  to  remember…   •  You can prepare for both tests. •  Proper preparation prevents poor performance.  
  13. 13. Learn more about Top Test Prep Call  (800) 501-Prep SAT Prep and ACT Prep